The intense championship track of Arsenal and Man City
Alongside their direct confrontation at the Etihad Stadium on April 26th, Arsenal and Man City both have to face two teams from the Big 6 group in the last 10 rounds of the Premier League.
The Premier League is currently on a break to make way for international matches. Currently, Arsenal is leading with a gap of 8 points over Man City. Therefore, fans are eagerly waiting to see if the Gunners can win their first championship title since their unbeaten season in 2003/04 or if Man City will win their 5th title under the management of Pep Guardiola.
Last weekend, while Man City had to play in the FA Cup, Arsenal extended their lead to eight points with a 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace. The “Gunners” remain at the top of the table with 69 points after 28 matches, while Man City has 61 points from 27 matches.
After a two-week break for international matches, Arsenal will return with a match against Leeds, who are fighting to avoid relegation, on April 1st. Then, under the guidance of Mikel Arteta, they will have two difficult away trips, facing Liverpool on April 9th and then playing the London derby against West Ham on April 16th.
A positive aspect for Arsenal is that they have significantly improved their away form in the Premier League this season, with 11 wins, one draw, and only two losses, earning 34 points. This is a big difference from last season when Arteta’s team had only the sixth-best away record in the league with 28 points.
Arsenal is also unbeaten in all 10 London derbies this season, having defeated Fulham 2-1, Tottenham 3-1, West Ham 3-1, Crystal Palace 4-1, Crystal Palace 2-0, Brentford 3-0, Chelsea 1-0, Tottenham 2-0, Fulham 3-0, and only drawing with Brentford 1-1. Arsenal is the first team in the history of the English Premier League to win nine derby matches in a single season.
On April 21st, Arsenal will return home to face Southampton, who are currently at the bottom of the table, before facing two more difficult matches.
On April 26th, Arsenal will travel to the Etihad Stadium for a crucial showdown with Man City, which could decide the title race this season, and then play a London derby against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium three days later.
The tough road continues with an away trip to Newcastle and a home match against Brighton. If Arsenal can overcome these four matches, they will take a big step towards their first Premier League title since the invincible season of 2003-2004 under the legendary manager Arsene Wenger.
This is because, in the final two rounds, Arsenal will face Nottingham Forest and Wolves – two teams who are considered to be weaker and have been struggling in the relegation battle throughout the season.
Meanwhile, Man City’s pursuit begins with a clash against Liverpool at the Etihad on April 1. After that, Pep Guardiola’s men are expected to secure maximum points against Southampton and Leicester in the following two rounds.
Next, Man City faces a challenging run of three consecutive matches against top-half opponents. The reigning champions travel to Brighton on April 23, then face a showdown with Arsenal on April 26 before heading to Fulham just 96 hours later.
Man City also has another difficult match against Chelsea at the Etihad on May 20. Their remaining three opponents are Leeds, Everton, and Brentford in the final round.
According to the English newspaper Sunsport, being eliminated from the Europa League allows Arsenal to fully focus on the Premier League. Meanwhile, Man City has two matches against Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League on April 11 and 19, in addition to a semifinal FA Cup tie against Sheffield United on April 22.
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